How can a sentence, a belief, or a picture represent something? This problem — the problem of intentionality — is of fundamental importance to analytic philosophy. We will discuss the problem of intentionality as it presents itself in language, focusing in particular on reference. In so doing we will compare the semantics of proper names ('Fido'), quantifier phrases ('most dogs'), definite descriptions ('the dog in the corner'), and demonstratives ('this').
Readings will include classic work by Frege, Russell, Strawson, Searle, Kripke, and Kaplan.(/P)
The prerequisite for this course is PHIL 345 or PHIL 383, and one course in formal logic. The logic course may have been taken in a computer science or math department.